Brooks Pierce Attorney Discusses Esports Lawsuit with ESPN.com

June 11, 2019

Brooks Pierce attorney Ryan Fairchild recently discussed a lawsuit involving professional Fortnite player Tfue, who filed a suit against the esports organization FaZe Clan.

The article, entitled “Tfue’s contract lays out revenue splits with FaZe,” discusses the details of the lawsuit and the contract between Tfue and FaZe Clan. According to the article, Tfue alleged that FaZe Clan signed him to an oppressive contract that entitled the team to 80% of the brand deals they negotiate.

Tfue and his attorney also filed a complaint with the California Labor Commissioner’s Office stating that FaZe Clan violated the California Talent Agencies Act.

“The fact that they are seeking to void the agreement based on the [Talent Agencies Act] is something I’ve long thought could be done,” said Fairchild. “I honestly have wanted a test case for a long time.”

Fairchild’s diverse practice includes a particular emphasis on the esports industry. He represents players, organizations and stakeholders in a variety of contract, intellectual property, employment and corporate issues. His passion for esports derives from being a lifelong gamer, and he understands the various esports cultures and dynamics, as well as legal, economic and structural issues facing the industry.

The full article can be viewed online here.

 

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